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It is almost exactly one year since Revenue Scotland reversed its decision to levy Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) on in-specie transfers between SIPP or SSAS providers. The reversal followed almost two years of industry debates, and indeed efforts to have the original decision overturned.
The Financial Conduct Authority has today published final rules and guidance from its consultation on improving the quality of pension transfer advice.
At first glance, how the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) intends to improve retirement outcomes for non-advised consumers may appear of little relevance to advisers. And with no short supply of regulatory changes affecting their businesses’, many advisers might have concluded that the time spent reading CP18/17 was more a luxury than a necessity.
For the first time pension scheme members will be given powers to hold their pension schemes to account over how social and environmental factors impact their investments.

Bosses who have jeopardised defined benefit pension schemes could be fined retrospectively, Secretary of State Esther McVey has announced.

Firms are now obliged to inform consumers how much they could gain from shopping around for annuities under new rules which take effect this week.
The FCA is proposing to retain a wider-scale public register of advisers and others working at financial services firms, it announced this morning.
The FCA has launched a probe into possible ‘harm’ to consumers in the non-workplace pensions market.
The Chartered Insurance Institute is preparing the launch of a new pension transfers qualification following FCA plans to tighten the advice requirements for the transfer of safeguarded benefits.
Nearly 3,600 consumers have been compensated for wrongly being advised to switch savings into ‘risky’ assets within SIPPs – at a cost of £105m.
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